Belts on The Line
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Who won Joshua vs Povetkin?
Anthony Joshua beat Alexander Povetkin by technical knockout in the 7th round on Saturday 22nd September 2018 at Wembley Stadium in London.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
This contest was for the unified heavyweight championship of the world, with the IBF, WBA & WBO belts on the line.
Also, on the undercard Luke Campbell was victorious over Yvan Mendy, Matty Askin lost to Lawrence Okolie for the BBBOC British Cruiserweight belt and Sergey Kuzmin defeated David Price.
Joshua vs Povetkin stats
Anthony Joshua stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 21 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 20 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Alexander Povetkin made his way to the ring with a record of 34 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 24 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Joshua had a large advantage in power over Povetkin, boosting at 95% knock out percentage over Povetkin's 71%.
Anthony Joshua was the younger man by 10 years, at 33 years old.
Joshua had a height advantage of 4 inches over Povetkin. That also extended to a 7-inch reach advantage.
Both Anthony Joshua & Alexander Povetkin fought out of an orthodox stance.
Joshua was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 14 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 8 year and 3 months later than Povetkin, whose first professional fight was in 2005. He had fought 128 less professional rounds, 136 to Povetkin's 264.
Alexander Povetkin was ranked number 2 by the WBA, 1 by the WBO and 3 by the IBF in the 201lb division.
Joshua vs Povetkin form
Anthony Joshua had stopped all of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Wladimir Klitschko on 29th April 2017 by technical knockout in the 11th round in their WBA Super World Heavyweight and IBF World Heavyweight championship fight at Wembley Stadium, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Eric Molina on 10th December 2016 by technical knockout in the 3rd round in their IBF World Heavyweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester.
Going into that contest, he had beat Dominic Breazeale on 25th June 2016 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their IBF World Heavyweight championship fight at The O2 Arena, London.
Before that, he had won against Charles Martin on 9th April 2016 by knockout in the 2nd round in their IBF World Heavyweight championship fight at The O2 Arena, London.
He had beat Dillian Whyte on 12th December 2015 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their CBC Commonwealth Heavyweight and BBBOC British Heavyweight championship fight at The O2 Arena, London.
Povetkin had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated David Price on 31st March 2018 by knockout in the 5th round at Principality Stadium, Wales, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Christian Hammer on 15th December 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Going into that contest, he had won against Andriy Rudenko on 1st July 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Luzhniki, Moscow.
Before that, he had defeated Mariusz Wach on 4th November 2015 by technical knockout in the 12th round at Tatneft Arena, Kazan, Russia.
He had beat Mike Perez on 22nd May 2015 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Luzhniki, Moscow.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Anthony Joshua had been fighting more than Alexander Povetkin.
Going to this contest, Anthony Joshua had last fought 5 years, 7 months and 10 days ago, while Alexander Povetkin's last outing had been 4 years, 8 months and 8 days ago.
Joshua's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 11 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 4 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 30 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6 rounds on average.
Povetkin's last 5 fights had come over a period of 7 years, 6 months and 17 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 6 months and 5 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 42 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.4 rounds on average.
What time did Joshua vs Povetkin start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:50 PM BST at Wembley Stadium, London, United Kingdom, which was 4:50 PM EST or 1:50 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
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What were the odds on Joshua vs Povetkin?
Anthony Joshua was a 3/25 (-830) favourite going into the contest, while Alexander Povetkin made his way into the ring at 172/25 (+690) with oddsmakers.